10 Things You’ll Know If You Live in Bristol

10 Things You’ll Know If You Live in Bristol

1. You might spend your first few months here struggling to understand the locals, but after a while you’ll find yourself using “mi luvver” with every other sentence, and “cheers drive!” when you’re getting off the bus. 2. Bristol has some of the WORST hills you’ll ever have to tackle in your life (looking at you Park St.)   3. But that also means that it has the absolutely BEST views.     4. Some pretty mental things can happen in Bristol, remember when we put a giant slide down the middle of Park St?   Or when 100 naked cyclists celebrated bikes and bodies to demonstrate the vulnerabilities of cyclists on crowded roads?   5. You’ll also know that when Shaun the Sheep comes to town it is the BEST time of the year Find out how to get on the trail here – http://shauninthecity.org.uk/   6. But the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is also pretty cool too (100 balloon all over the Bristol Skyline – awesome)   7. And you’ll know that the Bristol Harbour Festival is the best place to go for some amazing street food and fireworks by the harbour   8. The best place to drink (and we really mean drink) is the Coronation Tap or the “Corry Tap”in Clifton, exhibition strength cider, live music and a Cider Festival every August. 9. As we are home to the worlds most famous street artist Banksy, Bristol is a great place to find some street art. 10. And if you’re really a Bristolian you’ll have some Bristol Pounds in your pocket to spend around your favourite city ...
Shaun settles into his new home at Clifton Observatory

Shaun settles into his new home at Clifton Observatory

The Observatory’s very own Shaun the Sheep has been settling into his new pen this week and enjoying the baaa-eautiful weather as the Shaun in the City trail gets under way around Bristol. The Shaun’s arrived in style last week, coming over the suspension bridge on a tractor driven by Nick Park, creator of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit, to take their long awaited places around the city. #TeamObservatory have been working hard to keep our Shaun comfortable as he looks over the Avon Gorge, we’ve kept him safe with his own pen, grass (okay, it might be astro turf) and a hearty supply of fresh hay as he receives his visitors. Our very own Shaun, “A Sheeps Eye View” has been designed by Paula Bowles, you can take a look at all of the designs here. We’ve also been enjoying seeing your photos of Shaun and the Observatory on social media, as you can see he’s already had a lot of visitors:   If you’re visiting us don’t forget to share your photo’s with us on Instagram @cliftonobservatory and twitter @clifton_observ. The Shaun sculptures will be grazing in iconic locations and tourist destinations all over Bristol from 6th July to 31st August, before going to auction alongside the 50 sculptures from the Shaun in the City London train from earlier this year. The Grand Appeal also organised the phenomenally successful Gromit Unleashed trail in 2013, which saw 80 sculptures raise more than £2.3 million for the campaign. Since 1995, The Grand Appeal has raised over £31 million to transform the lives of sick babies and children...
“What do you mean, ‘Flash Gordon approaching’?”

“What do you mean, ‘Flash Gordon approaching’?”

FLASHH, AHAAAAAA!!! Just in time to celebrate the iconic film’s 35th anniversary (yes, it’s really been that long) Flash Gordon is landing at the Observatory hosted by Bristol Sunset Cinema on the 26th September for an outdoor screening of this lycra filled, cheesy-in-a-good-way classic. In case you (somehow) haven’t heard or seen the story of Flash, here’s a quick synopsis: American football hero Flash (Sam Jones) is dragged from Earth to the outer reaches of the Universe where he must battle the evil dictatorship of Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow). He is helped by technical wizard Dr Hans Zarkov, the winged Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) and the brooding Prince Barin (a pre-Bond Timothy Dalton). As if that wasn’t enough, the films iconic soundtrack is provided by none other than Queen: We’ll be kicking off at 8.30pm on Saturday 26th September, so bring your best 1980’s hairdo’s (or hairdon’ts) and join us for the evening to reminisce or to discover your new favourite film at the site of one of Bristol’s most famous landmarks. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children (under 10 years), and can be purchased in advance from Bristol Sunset Cinema here: https://ti.to/bristol-sunset-cinema/flash-gordon “Flash, I love you! But we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!”...